• 21Sep

    A Message from Co-Interim Festival Curators, Yvette Nolan and Skye Brandon

    By: Yvette Nolan and Skye Brandon
    Category: In the News

    Friends, Saskatchewanians, countrymen…

    The end of one season heralds the beginning of another. Will Brooks’ Macbeth has closed its super successful run, and we look to the future. 

    As you may know, we have been asked to shepherd the company through this next season, while the board and the staff take the time to reflect on what they want Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan to be as it moves forward into this next stage – new leadership, new site, oh brave new world. 

    We know that – compared to other years – this is quite late to still not have announced next year’s season, in full or in part, but we are being as mindful as the board and the permanent staff as we lay the groundwork for growth. We began this appointment in August, and we have spent the month imagining what the 2022 Festival might look like, reading scripts, talking about the canon, talking about what theatre might have to say to a population returning to a post-pandemic world.  We have talked about the artists in our communities, and the audiences. 

    We are both Shakespeare nerds, we both love the language, the stories, the magic of Shakespeare.  Skye helmed Cymbeline and Richard II with YXE Shakespeare; Yvette did an all-Indigenous adaptation of Julius Caesar called Death of a Chief. Skye did his Masters at the U of S on Henry V; Yvette translated Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! program. We have ideas about what next season might look like, we have ideas about new models. We have spent much of the last year working together on various projects, and we are happy to continue working as team in service to the festival; our intention is to leave the company in a great place for whomever steps into the leadership position next year.  

    To that end, we are inviting the artistic community to a conversation on Tuesday, September 14th at 1 pm, on the site. We will talk about some of our ideas, and ask you to talk about some of yours. What would you like to see at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan? What part would you like Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan to play in the larger artistic ecology of Saskatchewan? Of the prairies? Of the country? 

    We are just beginning this year-long adventure. We ask for your indulgence as we begin the work of envisioning a way forward. We invite you to be a part of it, in conversation, in correspondence, over coffee. We look forward to the journey.

    - Skye and Yvette 

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